Being a woman in Hollywood isn’t easy… and to prove it, some of Hollywood’s biggest stars sat down with The Hollywood Reporter for a frank discussion about their experiences in the magazine’s annual Oscar watch roundtable.
Naomi Watts tells the magazine she toiled for a decade as a barely employed actress and even so, still hasn’t been able to let go of her fear: “I’m not happy unless I’ve got a little bit of fear going. I’m always trying to pull out. I’m always calling the director and saying, ‘I don’t know if I can do it.’”
On the same trend, Helen Hunt was told she was “too on-a-sitcom” to play the female lead in As Good As It Gets, the role that won her an Oscar. ” My experience of acting is not this lightning-in-a bottle thing,” she reveals. “It’s like elbow grease: work with someone, work with yourself, find the shoes.”
But perseverance emerged as a theme in this roundtable, with Lincoln star Sally Field saying she fought like “holy hell” to get the part of Mary Todd Lincoln. And even though she was much older than the character, she still called director Steven Spielberg and hounded him to audition her. “Steven said, ‘I don’t see you with Daniel. Sorry.’ But I said, ‘Steven, test me! I’m not walking away!’ And Daniel out of the graciousness of his heart flew in from Ireland and we some bizarre improv; but I became Mary and he became Mr. Lincoln for about an hour! When I got home the phone was ringing, and Steven and Daniel were on the phone saying, ‘Will you be Mary?’”
Meanwhile, Anne Hathaway who plays Fantine in Les Miserables tells the other actresses that the fear in auditioning for that part was mostly about disappointing her mom. Her mother played the role on Broadway and made Anne so nervous to tell her about auditioning because, “I was worried that if I didn’t get it, she would be disappointed, and if I did get it, it would be weird.” But after getting the part, Anne added, “no one was happier for me.”
Speaking of motherhood, Anne also told the ladies that’s she’s itching to try it for herself but feels less so because of the paparazzi problem. “I really want to have a baby, and my husband and I are like, ‘Where are we gonna live?’” To which Marion Cotillard responds, “Come to France! We have laws!”
This roundtable features Anne Hathaway, Amy Adams, Helen Hunt, Sally Field, Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts and Marion Cotillard. Watch the clips below and check out THR website for the full article!
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